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Cancer care: Review of Head and Neck Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

Closed 22 Sep 2021

Opened 25 Aug 2021

Results expected 20 Oct 2021

Feedback expected 10 Nov 2021


As part of the National Cancer Quality Programme, Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPI's) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland.  The Head and Neck Cancer QPIs were first published in April 2014.  The QPI's undergo formal review every 3 years, therefore the second cycle of review has now been undertaken following analysis of Year 6 national comparative data.

To ensure success of the National Cancer QPIs in driving quality improvement it is critical that QPIs continue to be clinically relevant and focus on areas which will result in improvements to the quality of patient care. 

Why your views matter

Wide clinical and public engagement is crucial to ensure wide inclusiveness of clinical colleagues across NHSScotland.  It is also vital to include the patients and the public as key stakeholders in this consultation to ensure the acceptability of the QPIs.  We would like your comments on the Revised Head and Neck Cancer QPIs.  In particular we would like to hear your views on:

  • The appropriateness of the QPIs that have been developed.
  • The target levels that have been set.
  • Feasibility of measuring the QPIs identified in a meaningful and comparative way (i.e. ‘like for like’ comparison)

Forms to assist with submission of comments have been developed and should be used wherever possible.  Please note that supporting evidence should be detailed along with comments where appropriate.

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What happens next

All responses will be collated for review and decision by the Head and Neck Cancer QPI Review Group. Those who have participated in the engagement process will receive an overview of the changes made and a copy of the final Head and Neck Cancer QPI document, ahead of publication in 2021.


  • Health and Social Care